Egypt says to lose LE2.2 bln a month due to UK, Russian flight suspensions

Reuters , Wednesday 11 Nov 2015

Photo file: A tourist walks at a Red Sea resort in Sharm el-Sheikh (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt stands to lose 2.2 billion Egyptian pounds a month in income due to Britain and Russia's decision to suspend flights to the country after the Russian plane crash in the Sinai Peninsula, Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazou said on Wednesday.

Several airlines have suspended flights to the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh since the Oct. 31 crash, which investigators and Western governments believe was likely to have been caused by a bomb. Thousands of Russian and British tourists have been flown home. 

Egypt dismissed these claims, saying that investigations are still ongoing into the plane's crash and it's too early for any conclusion.

This story was edited by Ahram Online

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